This year the GLAE is being held along with the Labor Notes conference in Chicago, IL. Registration is being done through the Labor Notes website. Please click this link to register. REGISTER HERE

You will see the Labor Notes conference begins on the 17th, however, as usual the GLAE will begin on the 16th.

Update: Overflow hotel: Crowne Plaza: Chicago O’Hare. We’re hearing that the Hyatt Regency O’Hare is already full for Thursday night, June 16. Luckily, we also have a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. It’s walking distance from the conference hotel, and our room rate there is even cheaper, $139 per night. Use this link to book. As we add additional overflow hotels, we will continue to update this page with the info.


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GLAE Workshop Description

Workshop 1:The Art of Seeing Hidden Figures: Black Women in Labor Histories and Futures.The workshop goal is to share stories from our past to envision and impact our future through song, poetry or hip hop. The participants will be able to reflect upon their personal s’hero/hidden figure and create a story/song to be shared with others. Workshop facilitators: MacKenzie River Foy (she/they), is the Creative Director and Founder of Village X Magazine. MacKenzie leads creative content at the national office of economic justice network, Jobs With Justice. She lives on un-ceded Piscataway land, also known as Baltimore, MD. Steve Jones, is a union musician, singer, songwriter and composer of two labor jazz operas. Steve is also a college instructor and music director of the DC Labor Chorus. He lives on the un-ceded Piscataway land known as Kensington, MD. Elise Bryant is a playwright, singer, actor and executive director of the Labor Heritage Foundation. She lives on the un-ceded Piscataway land known as Silver Spring, MD.

Workshop 2: Rockin’ Your Rally and Picketline!The workshop goal is to help folks planning a picket line or rally be as successful as possible.  Skill enhancement for those with experience to share.Participants will be able to create songs or chants that capture current issues and develop a event plan that manages logistics for success. Workshop presenters, Shelley Kessler and Bob Barnes, have over 30 years of experience planning and participating in public actions within the labor and progressive community.

Workshop 3: Creative Organizing and Mischief Making (Al, do you have a description for this workshop?) Workshop facilitator, Ricardo Levins Morales, is an artist and organizer based in Minneapolis. He uses his art as a form of political medicine to support individual and collective healing from the injuries and ongoing reality of oppression.

Workshop 4: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Hip Hop Music and Culture.The workshop goal is to provide a history of the hip hop genre and engage participants in how to write bars/couplets with prompts.  Participants will be able to discern the differences between Rap and Hip Hop; identify the elements of hip hop; and end with ‘The Workshop Cypha’, a go-around featuring some of what’s been written by workshop participants. Workshop facilitator: Dilson Hernandez is a genre-merging artist from the Bronx.  His talents include creative writing, playing instruments (guitar, piano, percussion), spoken-word poetry, singing, audio engineering, and beat making.  

Workshop 5: How to Write and Use Song Parodies for Effective Street Actions The workshop goal is to enable activists to effectively write and use song parodies for street actions. The participants will be able to write an effective parody or adapt an existing parody for street actions. Workshop facilitator,  Paul McKenna spent 44 years as a staffer for SEIU. He wrote his first song parody in junior high school and his first labor song parody in 1976. Workshop facilitator, Hali Hammer, has been writing songs for over half a century. She is a founding member of Occupella, which specializes in writing parodies for political events!

Workshop 6: Feel It In Your Bones: Embodiment Practices for Organizers The workshop Goal is to share skills for embodiment practices. Participants will be able to practice a self body-scan, self-guided movement and grounding breathing techniques. Participants will be able to lead a group in a simple movement exercise or game. We will discuss, brainstorm and answer the questions “How can we find joy, strength and liberation within our bodies?” and “How can our embodiment practices, individual and group, contribute to collective liberation?” Workshop presenter, Jayme Timpson Winell (they, them), is a mover/dancer, singer, organizer and educator originally from Ute and Ohlone lands (Fort Collins, CO and Oakland, CA). They are a public school teacher, active union member and involved in local organizing. Jayme sees movement arts as deeply meaningful and transformative.

Workshop 7: Labor Cartooning (Description coming soon).Workshop facilitator, Mike Konopacki, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He began labor cartooning for the Madison Press Connection, a local daily created by striking newspaper workers in 1978. In 1983 he and Gary Huck created Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons, syndicating their cartoons to the labor press in the U.S. and Canada.

Workshop 8 Meet the author: Steve Early (Description coming soon.)